Archive for June, 2010

Deadline July 12: Registration for Atlanta Celebrates Photography (ACP) Portfolio Reviews

From the ACP e-news e-blast:

“Announcing the ACP 12 Portfolio Review in Atlanta, Georgia.

We’re happy to announce that the ACP 12 Portfolio Review will be on Saturday, October 16th. Sponsored in part by Turner Broadcasting and their “Turner Voices” initiative, the ACP Portfolio Review brings together curators, gallerists, editors, photographers and artists for a full day of extremely productive engagement and networking.

Registrations for the Portfolio Review are juried, and applicants will need to submit 3-5 jpgs with a brief artist’s statement for consideration. Registration will remain open until 11:59PM EST on July 12th, and successful registrants will be notified the week of July 19th. Once accepted, the registration fee is $250.

Here is a partial list of reviewers. A full list will be available as soon as all have confirmed participation:

Julian Cox – Curator of Photography, High Museum of Art, Georgia
Sylvie Fortin – Editor, Art Papers Magazine, Georgia
Stuart Horodner – Artistic Director, The Atlanta Contemporary Art Center, Georgia
Stella Kramer – Independent Photo Editor, Consultant, New York
Yan Li and Li Shufeng – Curators, Beijing, China
Laura Moya – Director, Photolucida, Oregon
Christopher Rauschenberg – President and Founding Member, Blue Sky Gallery, Oregon
Anna Walker Skillman – Owner, Jackson Fine Art, Georgia
Susan Todd-Raque – Private dealer, independent curator, Georgia
Paula Tongarelli – Executive Director, Griffin Museum of Photography, Winchester, Massachusetts

We will be accepting 52 artists for the ACP 12 Portfolio Review, and each artist will receive four 20 minute, face to face reviews. Review participants may select their choice of reviewers, and ACP will make every effort to meet requests through a computerized matching system.

We’re looking forward to hosting our panel of reviewers and artists from across the country once again at the Grady High School campus. The ACP 12 Portfolio Review is a great way to connect and make contacts with reviewers and fellow artists alike. We hope to see you in October!”


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July 15: David Taylor and Friends free Book Signing and Panel Discussion

From a New Mexico History Museum e-blast:

“Working the Line: David Taylor and Friends

on Life and Photography On the Border

A book signing and panel discussion

Santa Fe – Join photographer and 2008 Guggenheim Fellow David Taylor and a panel of publishers, curators, and border experts for a discussion of current issues along the U.S.-Mexico border as reflected in Taylor’s new book, Working the Line (Radius Books, Spring 2010). The free event is from 5:30-7:30 pm, July 15, 2010, in the New Mexico History Museum Auditorium. A small selection of Taylor’s border images will be on view in the Triangle Gallery next to the auditorium.

In 2008, Taylor received a Guggenheim Fellowship for his ongoing examination of the U.S.–Mexico border. His investigation is organized around the documentation of approximately 260 obelisks that mark the international boundary as it extends from El Paso/Juarez to San Diego/ Tijuana. These monuments – striking objects situated in impossibly gorgeous and difficult terrain – were installed between the 1892 and 1895.

Through his work, Taylor has earned remarkable access to U.S. Border Patrol facilities, agents and routine operations. Patrol agents often refer to their job in the field as “line work” which is an apt description of Taylor’s own time as he documented the obelisks.

Being on the line has given Taylor a unique view into overlapping issues of border security, human and drug smuggling, the continuing construction of the border fence and its impact on the land. This book captures the complexity of the terrain, the politics, and the human dynamics involved. His images are documentary in nature, but also formally and visually compelling.

Taylor will sign copies of the book and participate in a discussion with these panelists:

Paul F. Wells, a 30-year veteran of the U.S. Border Patrol

David J. Garcia, a member of the Tohono O’Odham Nation (whose ancestral lands span the U.S./Mexico Border) and the Chukut Kuk District, which fronts the international boundary

Hannah Frieser, a photographer, book artist, and curator whose essay is included in Working the Line

Darius Himes, acquiring editor at Radius Books, a nonprofit publisher of books on photography and the visual arts he founded with three colleagues in 2007

David Chickey, founding member of Radius Books, a nonprofit publisher of books on photography and the visual arts he founded with three colleagues in 2007

Mary Anne Redding, curator of photography at the New Mexico History Museum

Taylor is an associate professor at New Mexico State University, where he teaches photography. His photographs, installations and artist’s books have been exhibited nationally. Taylor’s work can be found in the collections of the Museum of Contemporary Photography, Washington State Arts Commission, El Paso Museum of Art and Fidelity Investments. For more on Taylor and his work, go to

Radius Books will sell copies of Working the Line at the event for $50. A signed, limited-edition copy with a signed print in a folio will also be available for $800.”

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Early Registrant Deadline: July 22nd Santa Fe Workshop Photography Contest

Santa Fe Photographic Workshops offers 150 programs a year for photographers from enthusiast to professional

From the Santa Fe Workshops website:


For many of us our families are a great source of photographic inspiration. In delight, and in heartache, they are our muse. We’re looking for images that speak of FAMILY—in all its glory, from its humor to its quiet moments of grace.

Join our international community of photographers and share your photographs with our distinguished panel of judges. The experience will be rewarding. And the prizes are great!

enter the photo contest

We are privileged to have such an esteemed panel of jurors to view the entries and select the contest winners.
View complete details.

Brenna Britton, Deputy Photo Editor
People Magazine
Julie Blackmon, Photographer
Anthony Bannon, Director
George Eastman House
Reid Callanan, Director
Santa Fe Photographic Workshops

$30 for three images submitted by July 22, 2010

$40 for three images submitted July 23, 2010 through September 15, 2010

$10 for each additional image over three.”

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Sunday, JUNE 27th: Book Fair at the Bronx Museum

From the Bronx Museum events website:

Book Fair
Summer outdoor film screening

SUNDAY JUNE 27, 12 Noon to 5:00pm
Sidewalk in front of The Bronx Museum and North Building—2nd Floor
Admission: Free

“Meet poets, writers, graphic–novelists and publishers in an afternoon entirely dedicated to the small press. Buy books with special discount. Enjoy good street–food and music through the afternoon.

At 3pm: Special panel about the current state of publishing, followed by readings by noted poets and writers.”

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Joe Deal, 1947-2010

Sad news today that photographer Joe Deal lost his courageous battle with cancer.  His family shared that he was editing new work in his last days in hospice care, excited as always about his lastest creative explorations.

I shot installation views yesterday at the Center for Creative Photography, where his exhibition “WEST AND WEST” is on view at CCP, where his archive will be housed, and I will add them to this blog post shortly.  Dr. Kate Palmer Albers spoke eloquently about Joe’s work in her gallery talk last night.

It has been wonderful to observe so many younger photographers come to know Joe’s work through the major traveling exhibition of “NEW TOPOGRAPHICS: Photographs of a Man-Altered Landscape” organized by the CCP and George Eastman House, and was on view at both of those institutions as well as LACMA.  You can hear Joe as well as the other photographers in the exhibition speaking about the work on an audio clip on this link on LACMA‘s website.

The Center for American Places’ publication of the same name is not to be missed.

From the publisher’s description:

“The Kansas-Nebraska Act of 1854 officially opened the Great Plains to westward settlement, and the public survey of 1855 by Charles A. Manners and Joseph Ledlie along the Sixth Principal Meridian established the grid by which the uncharted expanse of the Great Plains was brought into scale. The mechanical act performed by land surveyors is believed by photographer Joe Deal to be powerfully similar to the artistic act of making a photograph.To Deal, both acts are about establishing a frame around a vast scene that suggests no definite boundaries of its own. Thus, when approaching his own photographs of the Great Plains, Deal viewed his photography as a form of reenactment, a method of understanding how it felt to contain the Great Plains in smaller, more measurable units.

In West and West, Deal, who was born and raised in Kansas, revisited the Kansas-Nebraska territory and applied his photographic understanding of the landscape grid and horizon line to illuminate the sense of infinite space that transcends the reality of the survey. As Deal writes in his concluding essay: “If the square, as employed in the surveys of public lands, could function like a telescope, framing smaller and smaller sections of the plains down to a transect, it can also be used as a window, equilaterally divided by the horizon, that begins with a finite section of the earth and sky and restores them in the imagination to the vastness that now exists as an idea: the landscape that is contained within the perfect symmetry of the square implies infinity.”

The stunning photographs in ‘West and West’ present the Great Plains from a rare perspective. From this vantage point, Deal is able to distill and contemplate its expanse. ”

Robert Mann, Joe’s long-time friend and dealer, hosted an exhibition of the WEST AND WEST work this past March, view the press release here.  Click here to read the press release for JOE DEAL: THE FAULT ZONE exhibition from 2004, and here to view the press release for JOE DEAL: NEW TOPOGRAPHICS exhibition in 2006.  Click here to view images of Joe’s on the Robert Mann Gallery website.

Another of Joe’s monumental projects: an extended documentation of the building the Getty Center in Los Angeles.

From the Getty Bookstore entry for the 1999 summary publication, Between Nature and Culture:

“From 1983 through 1997, artist Joe Deal documented the site and construction of the Getty Center, designed by architect Richard Meier, through a series of black-and-white photographs. Between Nature and Culture presents 122 of Deal’s photographs, offering an opportunity to view the evolving site through this artist’s eyes, from the selection of the starkly beautiful chaparral-covered mountain top to the steel and travertine of the final stages of construction.

Joe Deal’s photographs have appeared in numerous exhibitions throughout the United States and Europe. A major exhibition of his work was held in Spring 1992 at the Los Angeles Municipal Art Gallery; it was accompanied by a book, Joe Deal: Southern California Photographs 1976-86. His photographs are in major collections throughout the United States, including the Museum of Modern Art, New York; the National Museum of American Art, Washington, D.C.; the San Francisco Museum of Modern Art; and the Los Angeles County Museum of Art. Deal is Provost of the Rhode Island School of Design.

Mark Johnstone’s essay provides both a key to understanding Joe Deal’s unique vision and commentaries on the thematic groups and individual photographs reproduced. He was formerly the public art administrator for the Department of Cultural Affairs of the City of Los Angeles and he continues to consult in public art affairs for both cities and states across the West.”

I was so fortunate to study with Joe’s best friend and colleague, James Hajicek.  They went attended the Kansas City Art Institute together, then went on to University of New Mexico together as well.  They both landed teaching jobs in the west, Joe at the University of California at Riverside, and James at Arizona State.   Joe would visit often, and we were all the wiser for it.

My thoughts are with Joe’s family and large extended family of friends and colleagues, all of whom will miss him dearly.

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July 1-3 2010: Visual Studies Workshop Photo Bookworks Symposium in Rochester, NY.

Visual Studies Workshop (VSW) is committed to expanding the potential of the media arts, and their impact on contemporary culture, through innovative programs in education, exhibition, publication, research, practice, and community service. In 1969, photographer, writer, curator, and educator Nathan Lyons founded VSW as an artist-run, educational and support center for photography and other media arts. We are an independent, 501(c)(3) non-profit organization. Since 1977, we have resided in two historic buildings located in the Neighborhood of the Arts in Rochester, NY, including other notable institutions such as The George Eastman House International Museum of Photography and Film and the University of Rochester’s Memorial Art Gallery. Over the past 40 years, VSW has produced hundreds of exhibitions, over 450 artists’ books and resource titles, maintained the publication Afterimage, a valued, bi-monthly journal, housed collections with over a million images, and offered residencies to hundreds of artists. Our wide range of programs and facilities support media artists, students, other arts organizations, and the general population interested in the visual arts and its education. The interrelated program areas that implement and extend our mission are in Education, the Research Center, Afterimage, VSW Press, Artists-in-Residence, and Exhibitions. For more information, click here.

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June 19th: Opening Reception and Artist Talk for Jonathan Torgovnik’s Intended Consequences exhibition at Fovea in Beacon, NY

From the Fovea website:

I cannot really tell you how many men came to rape me, but four months later, I was pregnant. I felt so bad, I tried committing suicide twice. I now live with HIV, which is a legacy of genocide.” —Sylvina

Opening Reception and Artist Talk June 19th from 5pm-9pm

©Jonathan Torgovnik

Photographs by Jonathan Torgovnik

Intended Consequences: Rwandan Children Born of Rape

Exhibition Dates: June 19th- August 8th, 2010

Fovea is 100% Volunteer run.

143 Main Street in the town of Beacon, New York.”

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